Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: aurifrons

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Picus Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker
La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper La. aurum gold
La. frons forehead, brow

Nine or ten inches long. Red crown and nape, black and white barred back, wings and tail feathers. White head and underside. Black beak.

Painting of two golden-fronted woodpeckers perched on a tree trunk.
Abundant in mesquite shrub lands or mixed forests in arid Texas, southwest Oklahoma and further south in Mexico, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.
Golden-fronted woodpeckers range in Texas, southwest Oklahoma and further south in Mexico, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.
Golden-fronted woodpeckers forage for beetles, ants, and grasshoppers, corn, acorns, berries and other wild fruit.
They build nests in cavities which they excavate or reuse abandoned cavities in decaying trees, telephone poles, or fence posts from within reach up to twenty feet or higher.
Color illustration of a male golden-fronted woodpecker head.
Females lay four to seven, usually five or six white eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks incubation and leave the nest in about another four weeks.
The Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse (same as for the Red-headed Woodpecker and Hawk Owl) has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount nest box on a tree trunk or post between ten and twenty feet high. Place wood chips in the nest box. Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Painting of two golden-fronted woodpeckers perched on a tree trunk.
Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Genus: Melanerpes
Species: aurifrons

Gr. pikos woodpecker
La. picus woodpecker
Gr. Picus Circe, mythological daughter of Helios, changed Picus, son of Saturn, into a woodpecker
La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. melas black
Gr. herpes a creeper
La. aurum gold
La. frons forehead, brow

Nine or ten inches long. Red crown and nape, black and white barred back, wings and tail feathers. White head and underside. Black beak.

Nine to ten inches long. Crimson-red head, neck and upper breast. White lower breast and under side. Black back, upper wings, and tail. Broad white band on lower wings. Colors distinctly separate and contrasting.
Golden-fronted woodpeckers range in Texas, southwest Oklahoma and further south in Mexico, Honduras and northern Nicaragua.
Golden-fronted woodpeckers forage for beetles, ants, and grasshoppers, corn, acorns, berries and other wild fruit.
Color illustration of a male golden-fronted woodpecker head.
They build nests in cavities which they excavate or reuse abandoned cavities in decaying trees, telephone poles, or fence posts from within reach up to twenty feet or higher.
Females lay four to seven, usually five or six white eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks incubation and leave the nest in about another four weeks.

The Golden-fronted Woodpecker Birdhouse (same as for the Red-headed Woodpecker and Hawk Owl) has a 6″ by 6″ floor, 14″ inside floor to ceiling, 2″ diameter entrance hole located 11″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

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Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount nest box on a tree trunk or post between ten and twenty feet high. Place wood chips in the nest box.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

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